Don’t ever let anybody tell you that nepotism in Hollywood is a real issue. Sure, it happens on occasion that some son or daughter of a famous face lands a role based solely on their lineage. But even the staunchest nepo baby apologists, like Tom Hanks, can’t stop the robots from coming and stealing all the good nepo baby jobs from actual hard-working nepo babies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom and his Forrest Gump Jenny, Robin Wright, have booked themselves another ride on the Robert Zemeckis Express to the Uncanny Valley for a movie called Here, in which Tom and Robin will be de-aged “using a new generative AI-driven tool dubbed Metaphysic Live.” And now, because of some computer’s ability to take magical bits and bites out of Tom’s face, his HUMAN BORN son Truman Hanks is out of a job. Can you believe they call this progress? I call it an aberration of the natural nepotistic order.
After the disappointment Truman must have felt when he learned he wouldn’t be offered the role of Tom’s son Pinocchio in Tom and Robert’s last Razzie nominated collaboration, this news must be devastating. According to THR:
Tom Hanks and Robin Wright, along with additional cast members, will be de-aged for Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming Miramax movie Here, an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s graphic novel that is set in a single room and follows its inhabitants over many years. This will be accomplished using a new generative AI-driven tool dubbed Metaphysic Live.
On Tuesday, artificial intelligence company Metaphysic, run by Tom Graham, revealed that it has entered into a strategic partnership with CAA to develop generative AI tools and services for talent, though details of the agreement were not revealed. In a statement, Joanna Popper, chief metaverse officer at CAA, said the agency looks forward to working with Metaphysic, as its tech “combined with their ethics-first approach and thought leadership” could “unlock an incredible opportunity for the entertainment industry and beyond.”
Metaphysic is the team behind the Tom Cruise deepfakes on TikTok featuring the actor Miles Fisher who used to make an honest living impersonating Tom the old-fashioned way using just his Xenu-given natural resemblance to the actor. But even Miles is ass deep in his deepfake bag these days. And don’t get old doll-eyes Bobby Z started. Seriously, please don’t. Shit. Loo late.
Plans call for Metaphysic Live to be used “extensively” on Zemeckis’ movie to generate face replacements and de-aging. “I’ve always been attracted to technology that helps me to tell a story. With Here, the film simply wouldn’t work without our actors seamlessly transforming into younger versions of themselves. Metaphysic’s AI tools do exactly that, in ways that were previously impossible,” Zemeckis said in a statement. “Having tested every flavor of face replacement and de-aging technology available today, Metaphysic are clearly the global leaders in feature-quality AI content and the perfect choice for this incredibly challenging, emotional film.”
Starring Hanks and Wright, along with Paul Bettany and Kelly Reilly, the film is scheduled for a 2024 release in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
First they came for the cartoons, and I said nothing because cartoons aren’t people. Then they came for the talking babies and animals, and I said nothing because babies and animals can’t really talk. Then they came for Bruce Willis, and I said, “weird but sure. Not my problem.” But now they’re coming for Truman’s bag, and possibly even Dylan Penn’s bag, and I’m still not going to say anything because of Chet Hanks. But Good luck with those future Razzie nominations, guys!
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